- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa’s rapid transit bus system will not start for at least another six years due to a delay in funding, according to transit and planning officials.

Last year, voters approved $15 million in funding as part of a $918.7 million tax package, the Tulsa World reported (https://tinyurl.com/l66neyj ). Transit and planning officials told city counselors on Thursday that the scheduling of those bus funds has pushed the project back until after 2020.

But the funding deferral hasn’t stopped preparations for the rapid bus system, which is aimed at reducing wait times along Peoria Avenue from about 30 minutes to 20 minutes or less.

James Wagner, the transportation projects coordinator for the Indian Nations Council of Governments, said planners will work with engineers over the next few years on foundations for rapid transit stations along Peoria Avenue. However, those foundations will be empty concrete slabs until funding comes around for actual bus stops in the 2020s.

“You’ll see a platform built, but there won’t be any vertical construction until 2021,” he said.

Fares for the new bus system will be the same as the regular bus service. Its stations will have covered areas to protect against the weather and raised curbs so riders can walk onto the bus without stepping up.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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